Perth Glory have confirmed they’ve made contact with Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a proposed move to the A-League — although it appears the Swede has shown interest in moving Down Under in the past.
Having played with the man simply known as ‘Zlatan’ at international level, Melbourne Victory captain Ola Toivonen previously revealed Ibrahimovic ‘always asks about Australian football’.
“I hope Perth has a big cheque book,” Toivonen said after it was revealed the duo could be one step closer to reuniting on Australian shores.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Glory’s game against the Mariners on Sunday, the club’s Chief Executive Tony Pignata revealed the reigning premiers had reached out to the 38-year-old Swede’s agent Mino Raiola about a guest player deal.
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The special short-term contract would see the former Premier League, Ligue 1, La Liga and Serie A star pull on a purple jersey for just six games once his contract with the LA Galaxy expires at the end of 2019.
“We just asked the question if he’s interested. That’s it,” Pignata said in a press conference on Thursday.
“It doesn’t hurt to ask. We know he’s off-contract through LA Galaxy.
“The transfer window doesn’t open in Europe til January so there’s an opportunity for possibly four, five, six games in the A-League.
“I think we’d be out of character not to ask the question.”
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According to the Daily Telegraph, it would cost the Western Australian club an extortionate amount of money to land the super Swede on a short-term deal — $2.5million to be exact.
That being said, the arrival of a player with Ibrahimovic’s profile would undoubtedly work wonders for the A-League’s global reputation and would serve as one of the biggest marketing coups in the competiton’s history.
“I suppose the pitch would be that he’s played everywhere in the world, just come over to Perth on the way to Europe and spend six weeks here,” Pignata added.
“There’s no doubt after Del Piero’s stint in the A-League, it’s pretty well-known.
“We’re hopeful we’ll get an audience with them and just sit down and chat.”
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Following stints at some of the globe’s biggest teams in Barcelona, Juventus, AC and Inter Milan, PSG and Manchester United, Ibrahimovic set his sights on countless MLS records — scoring 30 goals in just 29 games this season.
“He could do wonders here in the A-League for the profile of the game,” Glory boss Tony Popovic said.
“I don’t think there’s a place in the world at the moment that he couldn’t play short-term, long-term, even at his age. He’s a wonderful player.”